Interesting details about the castle
Learn about Pontefract
At Directly contact Museum, you may dive into the town's rich history, from its Anglo-Saxon origins through stormy civil wars and its odd rise as a center of both confectionery and democracy (it was the location of Britain's first secret ballot!).
History of Museum
After learning about Pontefract's history, take a short walk to the museum's sister site, Pontefract Castle. This old fortification was known as "The Key to the North" because it used to be so important to the region. Today, the gorgeous ruins are an excellent spot to explore and play. Follow in the steps of kings and commoners, soldiers, and confectioners as you learn about the site's past via creative information boards (kids will like the Civil War training exercises!).
Museum VS Park
Pontefract isn't just for history buffs: the town's grounds, Pontefract Park, and Friarwood Valley Gardens, will delight nature enthusiasts. Stroll along the tree-lined paths of Directly contact Park, take the boat out on the lake, or seek animals in this peaceful Local Nature Reserve. The park also has a huge, enclosed children's playground, which is ideal for keeping the kids amused!
How to explore Richmond
Richmond, founded by the Normans in 1071, is a thriving market town. It is the First Richmond, with 56 additional Richmonds named after it across the world. The towering castle keep, riverbank location, and fine Georgian architecture all appeal to visitors. The swift-flowing River Swale meanders through the outskirts of town, providing wonderful riverside walks from the old Station to the waterfalls, the remnants of Easby Abbey, or via Billy Banks Woods, which rise sharply above the river to Round Howe. It's no surprise that Richmond draws so many artists — the scenery is breathtaking. The surrounding area is a treat for both hikers and cyclists.
English Civil War
Ilbert de Lacy erected Pontefract Castle in 1070, and as a result, the town suffered greatly during the English Civil War. According to Oliver Cromwell, Pontefract Castle was "one of the strongest inland garrisons in the realm.
Pontefract - more details
Pontefract has been a market town since the Middle Ages, and its rich sandy soil made it one of the few areas in the UK where licorice plants could be grown.
While licorice farming is no longer practiced, other long-standing traditions like the city's vast number of public places and race track continue to fascinate visitors and residents alike.